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In recent years, Square Kufic script, due to its modular structure and the playful jigsaw-puzzle-like arrangements, has gained new interest among the designers.
Elnaz Bagheri, born in 1987, has been experimenting with Square Kufic as part of her senior thesis project in graphic design at Tonekabon Azad University. She says she chose drawn to work with Square Kufic for its structured yet non-limiting nature and she is fascinated by the jigsaw-puzzle-like architecture.
Her works are based on the idea of creating a spatial shape and having the letters rise out of the surface. The words are connected to the metal sheet at their base.
Positive and negative spaces of the piece interact with the environment. Juxtaposition the metal surfaces with the waves and sand on a beach makes them more of an environmental graphic design works.
A: A small Surah (chapter) of Quran is chosen as the text. The words start from one corner and spiral inwards, ending at the center.
Here both positive and negative spaces can be read. This piece is made of combining the two names, Mohammad and Ali, a very common composition in Square Kufic inscriptions. Here, the word Ali, repeated four times in four directions, stands perpendicular to the sheet and the remaining positive spaces features the word, Mohammad, four times and in four directions.
Written by Shahrzad Changalvaee
All images © Elnaz Bagheri.